Well, 2016 is quickly drawing to a close. But before the new year gets here, let’s take a look back at our favorite “Disney” moments of the year.
1. Woody and Buzz Presented the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Pete Doctor gave a life-changing Acceptance Speech
Besides having the iconic Toy Story duo, Woody and Buzz, present the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, we also had chance to hear words that will inspire youth for generations to come from Inside Out director, Pete Docter.
Inside Out gives us a close look at the emotions that are inside us all or, more personally, inside Riley – a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl. The movie stars Amy Poehler as Joy and Phyllis Smith as Sadness.
Docter said, “This movie was born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy. Anyone out there who is in Junior High, High School, working it out. Suffering. There are days you’re gonna feel sad. You’re gonna feel angry. You’re gonna feel scared. That’s nothing you can choose, but you can make stuff. Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.”
Powerful words. Watch the entire video below:
2. Shanghai Disneyland Opened and Amazed Disney Fans around the World!
There are many things to boast about when talking about Shanghai Disneyland. The incredible beauty of it all completely blew us away.
In particular, the special effects of Pirates of the Caribbean which blended together projection mapping with the nostalgia that comes with a classic Disney attraction.
View a full ride through, presented by SoCal Attractions 360, below:
3. Angela Lansbury Sang at the 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast.
Angela Lansbury just melted our hearts when she sang the title song from the classic Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, at its 25th anniversary event.
ABC News has the video below:
4. Soarin’ Around the World and Frozen Ever After Opened at Epcot
Was it worth the wait? Yes. Completely worth it! Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot took us to new places and cultures that one may only dream of. The attraction featured never-before-seen clips and is scored by Bruce Broughton (who also created the score for Ellen’s Energy Adventure, the Roger Rabbit short films and The Rescuers Down Under).
View the preview for the attraction below:
5. The Little Mermaid Performed Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
With the animated movie playing in the background, the breath-taking orchestra made this story come alive again. The live cast included: Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, John Stamos as Chef Louis, Norm Lewis as King Triton, and Darren Criss as Prince Eric. Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, even reprised her role for one of the performances!
6. Epcot’s Spaceship Earth got a Brief Make-over as the Death Star
To promote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney made use of some fantastic projection mapping techniques to turn the iconic Spaceship Earth into a giant Death Star and, as Star Wars fanatics, we went nuts!
View a glimpse of the event below:
7. The New Cast of DuckTales Sang the Theme from the Reboot of Our Favorite Childhood Show!
We got a sneak peak of the cast in the recording studio, singing the song we know all too well. The all-star voice-over cast consists of: David Tennant (Scrooge McDuck), Danny Pudi (Huey), Ben Schwartz (Dewey), Bobby Moynihan (Louie), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) and Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack).
8. We Got a First View of the Highly Anticipated Pandora: The World of Avatar
As if we haven’t already had enough Disney goodness around the year, during the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration broadcast on Christmas Day, we were given an extended look inside of Pandora: The World of Avatar which opens summer 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The short clip featured Imagineer Joe Rohde and Avatar Director James Cameron.
The preview also gave us a look at the two most anticipated attractions of the Pandora: The World of Avatar, Na’vi River Journey and Flight of Passage.
View the segment below:
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